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Vatican archaeologists have unearthed a sarcophagus believed to contain the remains of the Apostle Paul that had been buried beneath St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica in Rome.

Excavation began in 2002 and was completed last month, Vatican archaeologist Giorgio Filippi said this week. The interior of the sarcophagus has not been explored, but the possibility hasn't been ruled out.

Two ancient churches that once stood at the site of the current basilica were successively built over the spot where tradition said the saint had been buried.


Investigators say spy's death was murder

Scotland Yard called the radiation poisoning of former Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko a murder Wednesday, as Russian and British investigators questioned a witness in the case in Moscow.

Two weeks after Litvinenko's death, the trail of trace amounts of the radioactive substance polonium-210 continued to expand Wednesday, as authorities said they discovered tiny amounts at a London soccer stadium and the British Embassy in Moscow.

The 43-year-old Litvinenko, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died Nov. 23 in London, where he lived in self-imposed exile.

It wasn't until Wednesday that police formally declared the case a homicide.


France says Iran will face U.N. sanctions

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Wednesday that Iran will face U.N. sanctions for refusing to halt its nuclear program, but major world powers remain divided over how far punishment should go.


U.S. serviceman fatally shoots civilian

A U.S. serviceman fatally shot a civilian at the U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday "in response to a threat," the military said. The civilian was treated by Air Force medics and died at the base's emergency room, the statement from the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing said.